It’s time for your report on the Farm of the Future. I am Tim Hammerich.
The Haber-Bosch process of producing nitrogen fertilizers has led to massive advances in global agricultural productivity. But it is also the source of many environmental impacts of agriculture. New companies are springing up to try to disrupt this process in order to provide more sustainable sources of nitrogen to farmers. One of those companies is Kula Bio, which Renée Vassilos of The Nature Conservancy says has some exciting technology.
Vassilos… “What often happens is an excessive application of nitrogen fertilizer or an application of nitrogen fertilizer in the fall. There is a huge amount of data that this is not the optimal choice from an agronomic point of view, from an economic point of view, and then from an environmental point of view, but it keeps happening. . And part of what we understand is the logistical challenge. It’s plentiful and inexpensive in the fall.
Kula Bio hopes to equip farmers with low-cost bioreactors to make their own nitrogen fertilizer.
Vassilos… “They think they can get a cost so low that it would be possible to install bioreactors on the farm. And therefore the idea that we can disrupt the distribution circuit, which we recognize is one of the challenges of a real adjustment of large-scale practices, in terms of nitrogen management. It could be extraordinary – the implications of it could just be extraordinary. “
More information on www.kulabio.com.